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Tracker (Splinter Drake Ranger 6)


Splinter Drake Tracker CR 16

XP 76,800
Female splinter drake ranger 6
N Large plant
Init +3; Senses low-light vision; Perception +29

DEFENSE

AC 24, touch 12, flat-footed 21 (+3 Dex, +12 natural, –1 size)
hp 253 (17d8+102 plus 6d10+36 plus 6)
Fort +21; Ref +13; Will +12
Immune plant traits; Resist fire 10

OFFENSE

Speed 40 ft.
Melee bite +25 (2d6+7/19–20), 2 claws +24 (2d6+7)
Ranged thorn volley +20 (3d6)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 5 ft.
Special Attacks breath weapon (40 ft. cone, DC 24, 6d6 slashing and piercing), favored enemy (fey +4, plants +2), poison
Ranger Spells Prepared (CL 6th)

1stalarm, entangle (DC 14)

STATISTICS

Str 25, Dex 17, Con 23, Int 12, Wis 16, Cha 14
Base Atk +18; CMB +26; CMD 39 (43 vs. trip)
Feats Cleave, Combat Reflexes, Critical Focus, Deadly Aim, EnduranceB, Great Cleave, Improved Critical (bite), Improved Natural Attack (bite), Improved Natural Attack (claw)B, Iron Will, Power Attack, Skill Focus (Perception), Skill Focus (Survival), Vital StrikeB, Weapon Focus (bite)
Skills Climb +27, Handle Animal +11, Heal +10, Intimidate +11, Knowledge (geography) +10, Knowledge (nature) +10, Perception +29, Spellcraft +10, Stealth +19 (+31 in forested areas), Survival +15 (+18 tracking); Racial Modifiers +12 to Stealth in forested areas
Languages Common, Sylvan
SQ favored terrain (+2 forest), hunter’s bond (hawk animal companion), improved woodland stride, track +3, wild empathy +8

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Natural Weapons Combat Style (Ex)

The splinter drake tracker selected the natural weapons ranger combat style. It is treated as having both the Improved Natural Attack and Vital Strike feats without having to meet the prerequisites when it wears light, medium, or no armor. It loses all benefits of its combat style feats when wearing heavy armor.

Favored Enemies (Ex)

The splinter drake tracker gains a +4 bonus on Bluff, Knowledge, Perception, Sense Motive, and Survival checks when using these skills against fey creatures and a +2 bonus on Bluff, Knowledge, Perception, Sense Motive, and Survival checks when using these skills against plant creatures. It can make Knowledge skill checks untrained to identify these creatures.

Favored Terrain (Ex)

The splinter drake tracker gains a +2 bonus on initiative checks and Knowledge (geography), Perception, Stealth, and Survival skill checks when it is in forested terrain.

Hunter’s Bond (Ex)

The splinter drake tracker has a hawk as an animal companion as its hunter’s bond. They have a link between them, can share spells, and the hawk gains evasion.

Hawk Companion

Starting Statistics

Size Small; Speed 10 ft., fly 80 ft. (average); AC +1 natural armor; Attack bite (1d4), 2 talons (1d4); Ability Scores Str 10, Dex 15, Con 12, Int 2, Wis 14, Cha 6; Special Qualities low-light vision.

4th-Level Advancement

Ability Scores Str +2, Con +2.

ECOLOGY

Environment temperate forests
Organization solitary or pair
Treasure half standard

Rarely, though not completely unheard of, a splinter drake takes levels in a class, almost always the druid or ranger class, as is shown here.

Splinter drakes themselves are plant creatures that resemble large wingless dragons. They haunt dense forests and make their lairs amid the tangled underbrush, generally in hard-to-locate places. Much like true dragons, splinter drakes are extremely territorial and attack creatures that wander carelessly into their domain and remain for an extended amount of time. A typical splinter drake’s territory covers an area of several square miles around its lair. Unlike true dragons, splinter drakes do not value nor keep treasure. Any treasure found in or around their lairs are likely all that remains of a past meal. They generally keep company with evil fey, evil druids, and corrupt rangers. Such allies are allowed a bit of leeway when treading on a splinter drake’s territory, but if certain boundaries are crossed or privileges abused, splinter drakes have no problems eating someone they once called friend.

Splinter drakes generally do not associate with others of their kind, except during mating season (early spring) when a mated pair is likely to be encountered. During mating, the female splinter drake deposits a host of eggs (or seeds) into the ground. Within several months, 1d4 new splinter drakes grow from the ground. Splinter drakes reach maturity within 1 year. A splinter drake is about 12 feet long and weighs around 800 pounds.

Splinter drakes typically ambush potential prey whenever possible, striking from surprise with their thorny breath weapon and poison. Once it releases its first blast, it charges into battle and slashes and tears at its foes with its claws and bite. If outnumbered or combat turns against it, a splinter drake seeks the quickest means of exit possible unless cornered, defending its lair, or starving, in which case it fights to the death.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Splinter Drake Tracker from the Tome of Horrors Complete, Copyright 2011, Necromancer Games, Inc., published and distributed by Frog God Games; Author Scott Greene.